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: money and guns continued to dominate the conversation here in washington this holiday season, and we will focus on both of those issues this morning. yesterday, press conferences on the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> republicans continue to work to avoid the fiscal cliff. $1.30 trillion in revenues, $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the test that the president promised the american people as a balanced approach. i hope the president will get serious about working with us on a balanced approach. tomorrow, the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. the president can call on senate democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. host: joining us by phone is susan ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner." if 51-second press conference. guest: there have been press occurrences in the past where the speaker has come out and made a brief statement and not answer questions. to come out and say we are going to pass
let's close tonight with some advice from one of you to washington. >> my message to all of washington for the new year is to set partisanship aside working on behalf of 100% of the voters, fix this mess you've gotten us into, bring a balanced budget to the table to grow this economy for the long term not the short term. >> there you go. for the long term, not the short term. >> there you go. i'm don lemon. happy new year to you. jooirksz . >>> hello, i'm don lemon and this is cnn's top 10 of 2012. we look at the stories that captured our attention, what we see as the biggest stories of the year around the world, in crime, money, weather and even the biggestscandals and later this hour, those stories chosen by you. anchor of state of the union, candy crowley, with the top ten political stories of 2012. >>> like finding your favorite grain of sand on the beach. impossible number of possibilities. catch phrases become boomerangs. >> if you got a business you didn't build that. >> i like being aable to find service members. >> i'm an american woman who uses contraception. let's start ther
washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and pushed aside. this a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms, right now. >> shepard: the president said the second amendment does guarantee an individual's right to bear arms. he believes the vast majority of gun owners in america are responsible. >> i am also betting that the majority the vast majority of law abiding gun owners would be the first to say that we should be able to keep a few law breaking. >> shepard: specifically the president is hinting at military style assault weapons and high ammunition clips. most americans support background checks before all gun purchases involving those private dealers. he addede need to work to make access to mental healthcare as easy as access to guns. and we need a closer look at a culture that glorifies guns and violence as he put it of course we have seen mass shootings over and over again. the president ticked off a long list today. and we have heard outrage and vows for
joe" from washington. live with us here, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. white house correspondent for the huffington post, sam stein, executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and "time" magazine senior political analyst and "way too early" talent -- he was just extraordinary -- mark halperin. mark, you were just -- you were extraordinary. >> no one told me there's no net in that job. >> there is no net. he was great. who could turn the world on with a smile? i mean, mark halperin could, al hunt. >> throwing his hat in the air. >> we need to toss his hat in the air. sam stein has no idea what we're talking about. >> zero. >> so depressed. not a "seinfeld" reference, the greatest series of all time. al hunt, al, this is -- i'm at a loss what's going on in washington. i mean, we can all assign blame. i, right now, am especially curious with what's going through my party's mind on the fiscal cliff. but what -- why the breakdown? you know, if you're a republican, you say, i'll raise taxes. you have crossed the line. you h
goldfarb to take questions about text extenders at 8:30 eastern. "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: we will spend about two hours this morning on the "washington journal" talking about the fiscal cliff. we want to start off hearing from you on a different topic. what do you think about hillary clinton's future and her running for president in 2016? that is our question this morning on the "washington journal." you can start dialing in now, or you can contact us via social media. you can make a comment on our facebook page. you can also send us an e-mail. from "the hill" newspaper yesterday -- a new poll by abc news and "the washington post." 57% say they support a presidential bid from every clinton in 2016. -- from hillary clinton in 2016. 68% approved of her work as secretary of state. 66% hold a favorable view of clinton after her department has faced criticism over the handling of benghazi and libya. clinton also has heavy support in new york were 54% of registered voters say they would support a presidential bid by her in 2016. that is an "the hill" newspaper. we hav
the 2012 presidential campaign. we will be live with your calls, tweets, and e-mails, "washington journal" is next. ♪ host: good morning , president obama is in hawaii this weekend for the christmas holiday with his family. he will join a congressional delegation later today led by harry reid in services in holland -- in honolulu for late senator daniel inouye passed away last week that congress will return monday to continue fiscal negotiations. we will look at the options ahead for the president as the january deadline looms but we want to begin with your comments on another debate front and center in washington following the tragic shooting in newtown, conn. -- that is gun-control. "the washington post" said a bitter fight ahead. the numbers are on your screen. we look at some of the headlines on the sunday morning beginning with "the connecticut post." - you can see the flag remaining at half staff outside one of the churches in newtown, conn. following the burial of 20 children and six women killed about a week and a half ago. this is from the front page of today's "new yor
here in washington. it is a heated rivalry. >> bill: even if your team loses, don't you think you would wear the gear? >> i have the hat. i am absolutely loyal. they played a solid game last night. right up until they didn't win. >> they almost won. >> spoken like a true fan. they played a great game until they lost. >> bill: here's what it sounded like on espn right at the end there. >> rejuvenated football in the nation's capital. redskins and giants split. it looks like they've won a game here at fedex field. and all they are is within a game of the division lead. >> bill: 17-16. >> i will say as a giants fan the redskins are a solid contender this year and they have a fabulous rookie quarterback. >> bill: rgiii. >> he's very good. >> bill: there we go. we've got the nats and redskins coming up. whoa suddenly, sports town. >> i wouldn't get too carried away with that. the last couple of games they looked very good. they also lost to the panthers this season and they had some very terrible games. if th
in a very long time. i won't include washington jefferson adams. gumaybe. but maybe. she would be great. >> bill: nancy pelosi getting a little bit ahead of herself there, i think. i personally have pledged i am not going to talk about 2016 until maybe the second half of 2015. so everybody keeps saying do you think hillary is going to run? i am not going to comment on 2016. i want to focus on the moment, sees the moment. let's make the most of 2012 and 2013 2013. we have a lot to cover here today with lots of help. eliot spitzer, our good friend from ""viewpoint"" will be along as he is every wednesday more than. peter welch in studio with us and lee saunders the president of afsme who will fight back after the right to work was signed into law guy governor rick snyder. good news on the gun control front yesterday. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> on this wednesday, other headlines making news, a big sigh of relief in the media community and the world. nbc news richard engal reserved yesterday after going missing in syria for five days.
washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in today's vote? >> reporter: a couple of votes today. let's break it down for you, mara. the big vote that the republicans are pushing to have everyone under a million dollars keep their tax rates low. president obama says this defies lodger, that people making $800,000, $900,000 should be paying higher taxes. republicans think they can get it through the house. no luck of getting it through the democratic senate at all. second vote which is to sweeten the deal for the republicans who are skeptical is to replace the automatic cuts, a lot of which would hit the defense department with cuts in other programs like the health law and food stamps. >> and tracie, who's coming out in favor of this plan "b"? >> well, among those in favor of it, off qusly john boehner, the house speaker and also paul ryan, the chair of the budget committee and former vice presidential candidate. there have been a lot of questions about whether or not he would come out behind this plan. but he's said that it seems to meet all of the goals that repu
that we all identify with every aspect of it. >> the other big story in washington and around the nation, in the wake of the newtown shootings, president obama says gun regulation will be, quote, a central issue of his second term. vice president joe biden has been tapped by the president to lead the effort and work with cabinet members on making recommendations before the president's state of the union address. the choice of biden makes sense given his extensive anti-crime portfolio as a long-time delaware senator. he helped to pass a ban on assault weapons in 149. he also received an "f" rating from the nra. he acknowledged that gun legislation alone would not solve the problem. >> we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply-held passions and political divides. as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any
a firestorm in washington about exactly who was responsible for not making that consulate more security. elise is in washington. we know there is some fallout here. one state department official resigned and three others on administrative leave. what is next? >> that's right. the top assistant secretary for diplomatic security eric boswell, and a few others in his department and mideast policy shop have been reashrined. there's a lot of questions about whether top officials and more senior levels of the department to secretary clinton should be held responsible even though the panel said no. we heard from the deputy secretary and secretary clinton's deputies. they were sufficiently contrite i'd say. there's nothing you can do with a scathing report other than accept the recommendations and say we know we messed up and need to do better. >> we know that the secretary of state hillary clinton has accepted full responsibility for what happened. she's accepted all these recommendations. is she required or will she go before this board? we know she's not testifying today because she's recuperating
the 50th state in washington since hawaii became a state back in 1959. you think he was the longest serving senator in u.s. history, he ended up being the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. and if you don't know this about the senator, he was a japanese-american soldier during world war ii. senator inouye lost his right arm in italy and received the medal of honor for his service. daniel inouye died on monday at walter reed military medical center. he was 88 years old. and i want you to watch these pictures. >>> i have some news just into cnn about the attorney general eric holder. we are finding out now the attorney general is set to head to newtown, connecticut, today after meeting with vice president joe biden at 1:00. but don't expect to see him. this is not a public event. the attorney general has scheduled to apparently meet with some of the law enforcement officials in that town and then also with some of the first responders who were the first people to enter the sandy hook elementary school and discover the carnage there that ended up being the loss of 20 child
political editor paul stein houser is in washington this morning. your job is to explain all of this to us. >> it really seems like a way they're playing a game of political chicken right here. you heard the president and house speaker come in front of cameras within two hours of each other. both men were really talking against each other. it was not very optimistic. you're right, optimism of earlier in the week dissipated. take a listen to what both men said. well, we don't have that sound. both men really talking against each other there. here's the sound. >> the president's offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet a balanced approach. i hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach. >> at some point there's got to be i think a recognition on the part of my republican friends that take the deal. you know, they will be able to claim that they have worked with me over the last two years to reduce the deficit more than any other deficit reduction package. >> the president made his comm
of ours from our radio factory book factory tv factory here on capitol hill in washington, d.c. in the shad dove the capitol dome where members of congress busy going to holiday parties. i saw several of them last night. at a holiday party. the department of labor, thrown by our good friend, secretary of labor hilda soliz but they didn't get much work done on capitol hill as we just heard from david jackson from the white house. seems like things have come to a dead stop both at the white house and on the congress mainly because republicans still refuse to -- they're still insisting that the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans be extended permanently. come on, john boehner! you lost the election! the american people want to move forward. american people want the wealthiest of americans to pay their fair share. boehner, why are you representing the 2% and not just the 98%. lots and lots to talk about here this morning. and you'll want to get into the conversation, we know, and you can do so, give us a
treated with antikanticoagulant. jill dougherty, live in our washington bureau. what are you hearing? >> not a lot. since that statement sunday night, sanjay. they are really saying -- as you said, they are monitoring, and here is the statement so you can listen to exactly what they said. that her doctors are going to continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. because after all this happened as a result they say of that concussion, and they will determine if any further action is required. so it's really, you know, watch, wait, observe, and see how she's doing. this has kind of grown. remember, you know, the flu, then that leads to a conclusion and now this. so they want to be very, very careful, and as you as a doctor, sanjay know, when the secretary travels a lot. the blood clots can be very dangerous for anyone. we don't know where that blood clot is, that could be a very significant issue. in fact, her travel was on hold until the middle of the month. benghazi hearings, she will be many coing back this week. looking forward to work an
for fiscal sanity here in washington d.c." that's somewhat of the republican idea here. it's a way from having a big deal. it's a way from perhaps going over the cliff entirely. it's, all right, maybe we give them the 250,000 or below, and then we live to fight another day on the debt limit. if that happens, what does that mean for the markets? it brings washington to its knees again, and we try to ask nancy pelosi about that today. she declined to answer questions about the debt limit, but if you see that fight play out in the early part of 2013, what does it mean, the obama administration, the priorities they would like to see, it looks like the debt limit right now is very much this political football same as it was in 2011. >> thank you. i want to quickly bring in the panel because what you are saying brings me to a point that's been kind of bothering me about this whole discussion. republicans keep saying that what the democrats -- what the president sht bringing to the table are enough cuts, but they never seem to want to specify what those are. daniel had a piece in the "wall str
, it is washington. and it is a lot at stake. it is about people's taxes, and, you know, the social safety net in america. it is the difference between democrats and republicans. >> yeah. we're going to talk more about the money now. thank you, jessica yellin. appreciate it. to new york now, joining us rick neuman, chief business correspondent for "u.s. news & world report." i want to ask you about the tax increase if there is no deal and tax rates rise, when would workers begin to see that reflekr reflected in their paychecks? when does the pain start? >> this is not one tax hike. this is about nine different sets of taxes. and the one that would go up right away is the payroll tax. that was cut temporarily in 2 009, cut by two percentage points and will go back up by two percentage points and that would come out of workers' paychecks right off the bat. it would add up to something like $60, $70 a month for the typical worker. we hear about all the tax rates that are going up, that actually wouldn't involve money that is in people's pockets until they actually pay their taxes or do their tax
the conversation himself like he did yesterday. is there any talk in washington that by weighing in on this he ginned up the protesters, even inadvertently of what's happening now that we see? >> well, he sure didn't hurt the turnout. he sure didn't hurt the ardor for the union side, and that's by giving it his complicit blessing the day before and talking about this stuff. you know, michigan, what that state representative was talking about there, there will be blood, talking about michigan has a bloody labor history in the efforts over the years back in the teens, the '20s and the '30s. this was a violet place when it came -- violent place when it came to unrest, and michigan has a rough history about stuff, and that's why governor snyder and others have urged so much caution surrounding these issues and that these are not helpful things to bring up in a state where these wounds are just beneath the surface all the time. alisyn: now, chris, i am holding in my hands here a press release that was put out today by the superintendent of schools in michigan who says that by 8 a.m. this morning 75
each other for the breakdown. abc's jonathan karl has all this from washington. all of the focus on speaker john boehner's fallback plan, what he is calling plan "b." >> reporter: that's right, george. talks have got son low, i would say this is the low point, that boehner is moving ahead with the backup plan that the president so opposes, he says he will veto. under plan "b" most of the tax cuts will be extended for those making over $1 million. for those over $1 million, the tax rates would go up. this could do nothing to address the issues. like spending cuts and the debt ceiling. democrats are calling this vote a waste of time. but, george, boehner is saying the president has a choice. support this plan or see a massive tax increase on virtually all americans after january 1st. >> yeah, they seem to think this is going to put the pressure back on the white house. but, jon, like you, i've been in touch with both sides overnight. and these talks right now are going absolutely nowhere. the chance that the country is going to go over that fiscal cliff are really rising. >> report
:13. yet again the country is waking up to news that lawmakers in washington, d.c. still don't have a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. kyla campbell reports we are just hours away from automatic tax increases and government spending cuts. >> reporter: frustration is hitting a speak this morning after talking stalled last night. the house and senate will get back to work over the next few hours. senators have been trying to come up with a deal but with no luck. new mitch mcconnell is negotiating with vice president joe biden. if political leaders can not come up with a plan by midnight tonight tax rates for all americans will increase. >> if there is an ultimate compromise, there will be parts of it i find disgusting and rep hencable which i may have to swallow in the name of finding a compromise. >> reporter: how will this effect you come tomorrow morning? if there is not a deal reach there won't be a drastic change in your next paychecks. if this plays out long-term the average american middle class family stands to lose out on $2,000 to $3,000 over the next year due to the increased taxes
-brainer for boehner. let's play "hardball." ♪ good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me the start tonight with this. somebody has got to break it to mr. boehner, your side lost. romney, remember him? he's the guy who ran on the rich man's platform. the hands off the big boys' ticket. he's the guy who said his fellow 2%ers have your backs. mr. boehner, ye of limited memory, the voters looked this issue directly in the eye, they heard your guy, romney, playing palace guard for the plutocrats, and they said i think i'll vote for the guy who is looking out for the middle class. i think i will let that guy go back to bain or whatever. time for mr. boehner to stop protecting the rich. it's result clear. it's winner right there in the white house trying to do what the people reelected him to do. joy reid is managing editor of the grio, and david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones and the author of the ebook "47 percent." like the way i lowered my voice there? today the president took his tax pitch to a factory in the philly suburbs and he made clear the rich must pay their fair sha
cliff deal. and is it mitch mcconnell to the rescue. live in washington on the 11th hour negotiations. >> and did you know about to fall off the dairy cliff? >> juliet: have you seen the prices? >> dave: as high as 8 bucks a gallon for milk. >> clayton: oak ridge boys bush. special number tribute for number 41. "fox & friends" begins right now. >> am i wrong about that don't the have a deep voice? ♪ >> oak ridge boys have been on this show many times on "fox & friends." >> good morning, everyone. >> dave: good morning. juliet huddy celebrating an early new year's eve. is it new year's eve? >> juliet: sparkly shoes and everything. i feel like we are waking up at 4:00 in the morning on saturday i better be festive. >> clayton: that's what woke me up this morning. >> juliet: this is a beautiful set it has inspired me. >> dave: it's spectacular. >> juliet: it is. >> dave: it's fiscal cliff time. couple of days away. rare i wake up and say i'm moderately optimistic but that's what the president said. you are either optimistic or you are not. the president said he is modestly optimistic a
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>> steve: you have a schism in the republican party. they went to washington. look they are not going to raise on anybody and we'll cut thengs . you have the other faction . republican party saying look, we didn't do so well in the last election . we have to compromise with the president to get something done . that's why john boehner said i don't have a votes mr. #2: if you give me plan b i am vetoing in. republicans were saying we are giving you something and go home. they decided plan b will not pass . they are not coming back until after christmas. mr. boehner said i tried. you cut a trial. newt kning rich sat down with bill clenton and 30 days of one and one negotiation . he said it is time to go back to that. >> my advice to them have every single committee starting january 3rd hold hearings on every lempt waste in the federal government . let the country see all of the different ways to waste money to peck up on can congressman cantor. speaking is the problem and drive issue after issue . we would like to fix the tax rates, and any time the president and democrats want to talk
information. what has been the reaction thus far from washington? >> reporter: the reaction from the white house and pentagon as you expect is very somber because this was valued member of "seal team 6". we have a statement read by the president yesterday. tragically we lost one of our special operators in this effort. our thoughts and prayers go out to his family just as we must always honor our troops and military families he gave his life for his fellow americans. from secretary panetta, quote, the special operators who conducted this raid knew they were putting their lives on the line to free a fellow american from the enemy's gripe. they put the safety of another american ahead of their own as they always do, jenna. jenna: save extra prayers for that family today for sure. jennifer, thank you. jon: to the fiscal cliffhanger on capitol hill as the president and house speaker boehner say they're keeping open the lines of communication one day after meeting to discuss the ongoing negotiations aimed at stopping the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in le
. leadership void in washington . look who is stepping in to help settle the debate. former governor jeb bush. could it work. >> steve: no police in sight. a mob of protestors tore down a tent with children and elderly people and people with wheelchairs inside. >> two men came in with ski masks and had box cutters. >> steve: that is what happened in michigan a couple of days ago. >> brian: we'll not see commercialism like this anymore? ♪ >> brian: yeah, outlawed because they are just too loud. >> steve: really? >> brian: "fox and friends" starts -- ♪ >> this is the stage manager, ho, ho, ho. happy holidays. you are watching. "fox and friends". >> steve: very nice. >> brian: and joe did not know the news that we found out early this morning. that bralanedwars acquired by the new york jets had a ham string. >> steve: joel is america's biggest jet's fan. >> gretchen: that is insider information. >> brian: he had a bounce in the step. >> gretchen: luckily i know who that is. should we kick off the show with headlines. we now know the identity of the shooter in the mall . he had no history of
up against the wall of the fiscal cliff so in a way congress and washington can decide whether it is happy christmas or not. >>shepard: they need to get on it. a month ago would have been good. we will take it tomorrow or the next day. >>shepard: but it is washington and they will look at it and laugh. >> two inmates pulled off a daring escape from a skyscraper jail in downtown chicago. officials say they used bed sheets to make a 200' long rope, and squeezed out of a small window 20 stories up, and scaled down the outside of this high-rise lockup using their homemade rope. they are said to be the first to escape a federal facility in almost two decades. both are convicted bank robbers each facing a harsh sentence. fbi officials say they consider them armed and dangerous. trace has much more on this. how long before officials realized they were missing? you could have looked out the window. >>trace: they know that both of these guys were present for the 10:00 head count on monday night but the bed sheets were not seen until about 7:00 the next morning so this was about an 8 1/2
. >>> doug luzader live in washington. thank you. >> that leads us to today's "look who's talking." she says it has been three months since the deadly attack in benghazi and no one is held accountable especially the terrorists that were involved. >> we have not done anything to capture or kill any of the terrorists who under took this action who killed our people. that's in large part because we have no interrogation program, because we are treating this like a law enforcement matter because the fbi is asking nicely can we get access to the one person who seems to be in custody, tunisians. but we have done nothing to bring anybody to justice for these murders. this is a 4 part scandal and coverup. neither the president nor the secretary of state has given anybody a true or full accounting of what happened and what they knew and what they knew it. >> as mentioned earlier hillary clinton is expect to do testify on the benghazi attack in mid january. she may be retired from her post by that time. >> five more victims of the sandy hook masses kerr will be played to rest. katherine hubbard, ann m
for their own political clout in washington. >> let me stop it there. if it's about who has the power, let's play what rush limbaugh and joe scarborough criticize. let me play it. >> so i assume 400 and then boehner did a million. i said, hey, that's great. these guys are coming together and i thought that number was going to be 500. the president would take 500, i think. >> he would. >> john boehner makes this -- you know, he said, starts talking about plan "b" and i get confused. >> if you look at what the speaker has proposed, he's conceded -- there it is. there's the word. there it is. stop the tape. that's what this is all been about. he has wanted the republicans to concede that tax cuts for the rich caused all these problems. >> so, there he is going on about the president, rush limbaugh, but he was critical of boehner. he played the conservative organizations who basically warned the republicans, we are coming for you. >> right. >> unhappy for different reasons. people on the left and people on the right but all unhappy with speaker boehner. does he have any power? >> i think one t
specific to spending to see how it stands up with the facts. doug mckelway is live in washington with more on this story. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. the republicans claim democrats are solely focused on raising tax rates not spending cuts. democrats counter what we heard from nancy pelosi. democrats agreed to over a trillion dollars in cuts as part of the budget control act in 2011. indeed hear is the document. letter from cbo to spiker boehner laying out $915 billion in cuts between 2012 and to 21. the brookings institution it is a fact, she says pelosi was right. listen up. >> there are two different conversation going on about these numbers. one is about the cuts that are already embedded in law which is evidently what nancy pelosi was talking about and they are absolutely embedded in law and there is no question about them. >> reporter: but not so fast. keep in mind that these numbers were derived from baseline budgeting that is a washington gimmick that no family balancing its checkbook could ever get away with. baseline budgeting assumes that spending will rise each year and b
people are actually talking to each other in washington. but it's a reality check, sign of the times. it's always better when the two top men who got to make the decision ultimately are getting in a room without scameras and moving proposals back and forth. it's a sign of progress. is it progress in the next 48 to 72 hours? that's probably optimistic. but progress is being made because conversation is occurring. >> i hate to say this, i was really thrilled we weren't getting a whole lot the last two days which signaled to me at least maybe these guys have decided it's not good to work this out in the court of public opinion, yet now we're starting to hear a little more. good news, bad news? >> i think it's encouraging. among republicans there's an emerging view that was championed by representative cole of oklahoma, wait a second, what we can do is pass one law that extends all the middle income tax cuts and another that extends the whole package and then let the president veto one, let the other go through and we shield a large majority of american households from tax increases. now, th
from washington. what are the details of the nominee? >> kelly, back in 2004, senator kerry let then state senator barack obama speak at his nomination, and it was a road to the white house. and yesterday at the white house president obama nominated kerry to be secretary of state in his second term. >> in a sense, john's entire life has prepared him for this role. as a son of a foreign service officer, he has a deep respect for the men and women of the the state department, the role they play in advancing our interests and values, the risks that they undertake and the sacrifice that is they make along with their families. >> issues with iran, syria and north korea are the most pressing senator kerry will face if he's confirmed. yesterday, a long time colleague of his, senator john mccain congratulated him on his nomination and will consider that nomination, but he did not promise to support it. >> my view on whether secretary kerry should be-- or senator kerry should be secretary will not be based on differents of views. we had difference of views going back to 1991 when he said
of liberals, stephanie miller will perform live at the warner theatre in washington, d.c. tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and if you want to skip the fees, stop by the warner theatre box office at 513 13th street northwest. the tea baggers lost in november so stephanie is going to do her thing before the inaugural ball. >> that means two things. >> that's the stephanie miller's sexy liberal comedy tour live in d.c. inauguration weekend. for more information, go to sexyliberal.com. >> nice! >> stephanie: thank you! [ applause ] what else do i do? every weekend. watch "meet the press" -- >> drink? >> stephanie: well yes and then watch "meet the press" so my head can explode. plosion they start with some ridiculous premise. people from cnbc like grover norquist is the guest you know will start with a premise that is not favorable to the president on the fiscal cliff. >> they take grover norquist seriously. seriously enough to have him on the panel. >> stephanie: who is he again and why? why does he literal
. so what do you think brings ben affleck to washington? >>> plus new details on the investigation in connecticut. what the chief medical examiner plans to look at that could help answer the question, why. ♪ the weather outside is frightful ♪ ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. jon: breaking right now. a scary situation in scottsdale, arizona. a school under lockdown there. police received reports of an armed suspect at a middle school there this morning. right now officers are searching the area, still looking for this person thought to have had a gun. the students have been told to assemble at a nearby church. there are side by side schools there. pardon me while i read this off the latest computer information. the actual alert came from the a
. security in benghazi, it said, was "grossly inadequate," "was not a high priority" in washington where "repeated requests" for more security went unheeded. >> frankly, the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources, it needed. >> reporter: and today, three state department officials paid the price. resigning under pressure, eric boswell, assistant secretary for diplomatic security. his deputy, charlene lamb, responsible for embassy security. and an official from near east affairs. secretary hillary clinton responded to the report by adopting every one of the 29 recommendations, including more marine guards and asking for more than a billion dollars to increase security worldwide. but that has not silenced her critics. clinton is recovering from a serious concussion, after she fainted from the effects of a stomach virus. she cancelled her scheduled testimony about the report tomorrow, but a former u.n. ambassador is implying she is faking it. >> when you don't want to go to a meeting or conference or event, you have a diplomatic illness.
news, washington. >> for all the people talking about reform right now, background checks, strengthening that system right now, absolutely a part of it. and closing that gun show loophole. you have to believe they'll be part of whatever final package emerges. >> what wonderful work this young man is doing. he's an ambassador for peace. >> turning tragedy into a legitimate cause. that's admirable. we'll be back. we'll be back. [ female announcer ] what does the anti-aging power of olay total effects plus the perfecting color of a bb cream equal? introducing the newest beauty trend. total effects cc cream c for color. c for correction. [ female announcer ] fight 7 signs of aging flawlessly. cc what's possible. ♪ ♪ oh i need someone to read me stories ♪ ♪ oh, someone to turn the page >>> with the past few weeks gridlocked on capitol hill, lawmakers took a rather unusual step yesterday. >> they took a break from their work to go to the movies, together. the senators were hoping for a little inspiration in leadership and more importantly, in bipartisanship. abc's sunlen
with me. i'm brooke baldwin here in atlanta. time to go, as we always do, to washington. "the situation room" with wolf blitzer begins right now. hey, wolf. >> hi, brooke. thanks very much. happening now, the connecticut shooting investigation appears to be moving into a new phase at one crime scene. stand by. >>> a blizzard, rain, and high winds. a winter storm is on the move and holiday travel potentially could be taking a big hit. information you need to know. >>> and a new hollywood film about the hunt for osama bin laden is getting a terrible review from three united states senators. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." right now, the house of representatives is getting closer to a showdown vote on the house speaker's plan to avoid that so-called fiscal cliff. it's a high stakes bargaining chip in the negotiations with president obama and it comes only 12 days before automatic tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect. that could take a painful toll on the u.s. economy. let's go to capitol hill. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is standing by with the
of the mid-west. and not if >> not a washington d.c. we have learned that house republicans have postponed their vote on their own fiscal cliff bill. the mess known as " plan b " reggie it was -- known as plan b. >> that probably means that the republicans to not have enough votes to pass plan b. this is the first voting cast that would avert cuts. this would extend bush era cuts for everybody making $1 million. those making more would have to pay a higher tax brea rate. senator kerry reid is saying that he is not going going to discuss plan b. senator-harry reed is not going to discuss plan b and already president obama is warning that he would have vetoed it. >> we are getting closer and michael you have a sense of humor about this. we have to understand what is happening with the physical let for a really quick synopsis what is planned be and what did they not want to bring it to the floor of the fiscal cliff? >> that was the millionaire tax increase. but that is one of the problems with the bill. problem is that house speaker, peter said that he did not have the sufficient number john
to that. let's turn to paul steinhauser in washington, d.c., this morning. it seems that everybody is digging in their heels at this point. do you see any hope on the horizon? we have 12 days. >> reporter: at least publicly both the president and house speaker john boehner are talking very tough. behind the scenes we're not sure what is happening. yesterday the president came before cameras and talked about the fiscal cliff after making an announcement on gun control. two hours layer, the house speaker went in front of cameras and talked for 56 seconds before quickly taking off. here's what both men said. >> tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the president will have a decision to make. he can call on the senate democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in american history. >> at some point they have got to take me out of it and think about their voters. and think about what's best for the country. and if they do that, if they're not worried about
, it's a rain maker for new york, philadelphia and washington, but then that moves out by tomorrow afternoon. >> just so i make it home to see mom. >> you'll get there. >> i hope so. thanks, alexandra. >>> two state department officials employees of hillary clinton are testifying right now before the house and senate committees after that blistering report on exactly what went wrong in benghazi, the committee headed by thomas pickering and admiral mike mullen. admiral mullen had this to say. >> while we did not find that any individual u.s. government employee engaged in willful misconduct or knowingly ignored his or her responsibilities, we did conclude that certain state department bureau level senior officials in critical positions of authority and responsibility in washington demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks in their responses to security concerns posed by the special mission. >> a total of four senior state department officials have either resigned or placed on administrative leave in the wake of this report but what about s
. let's play "hardball." ♪ good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me the start tonight with this. somebody has got to break it to mr. boehner, your side lost. romney, remember him? he's the guy who ran on the rich man's platform. the hands off the big boys' ticket. he's the guy who said his fellow 2%ers have your back. mr. boehner, ye of limited memory, the voters looked this issue directly in the eye, they heard your guy, romney, playing palace guard for the plutocrats, and they said i think i'll vote for the guy who is looking out for the middle class. i think i will let that guy go back to bain or whatever. time for mr. boehner to stop protecting the rich. joy reid is managing editor of the grio, and david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones and the author of the ebook "47 percent." today the president took his pitch to a factory in the philadelphia suburbs, and he made clear the rich must pay their fair share. obama's job number one, a tax cut for the 98%. the rest of the people. let's listen to him. >> it's not acceptable to me and i don't think it's a
and washington. new reports this morning the obama administration might sue the state. recently passed initiatives decriminalized the recreational use of pot. but it is still illegal under federal law. options for the administration include preventing the states from regulating and taxing marijuana or cutting off federal cash. a new jersey town acting like the grinch trying to tear down one man's christmas spirit. the fight is over this 400-foot inflatable santa. the owner of seasonal world says there is no ordinance but he has been issued five tickets ordering him to take it down. the mayor calling it a hazard because it could blow over. >> what i do every year and i have been doing it for 12 years and they have been basically harassing me for 12 years. >> the owner of seasonal world says he has no intention of moving santa and he will take the battle to court after christmas. a fireworks display in burma goes terribly wrong when explosions go off into the crowd. [screams] >> you can hear the screams. this is a festival and hot air balloons were filled were fireworks. they were sent i
. >> peter doocy joins us live from washington with the very latest as we see video of the president hopping on board air force one, right? >> that's right, clayton. president obama popped in to the james brady briefing room at the white house yesterday at about 5:30 and basically said that since the american people in november voted for democratic control of the white house and the senate and republican control of the house. lawmakers need to compromise but he also made clear as of right now when it comes to the fiscal cliff and avoiding it, there is no deal. >> so as we leave town for a few days to be with our families for the holidays, i hope it gives everybody some perspective. everybody can cool off. everybody can drink some eggnog, have some christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. and then i would ask every member of congress while they're back home to think about that. think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here. think about the hardship that some americans will endure if congress does nothing at all. >> it was just a few minu
. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks will be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. >> we all know you were with nancy pelosi at her conference on gun control. do you think the president will get something done and real reform in a timetable of january? >> yes, i do. there's a real sense of urgency around the country and just a horrible fatigue with the calamity after calamity and tragedy after tragedy and this is the time when we have to come together as a country and do something meaningful not only it address the type of military-style assault weapons and ammunition clips and loopholes with gun shows and do something with the respect with the enormous amount of gun violence more generally, and i hope we will have a broad approach to the problem that goes after some of these weapons that don't belong in the street and it goes after some of the more everyday kind of violence we see throughout america. >> congressman adam schif, sir, thanks for making time for me. >> thank you. >>> we want to say good morn
period. host: you can continue the conversation online and tomorrow on washington journal. we'll be talking about this 7:00 a.m. eastern. you can send us your tweets and check out what others have to say at cspan.org/fiscal cliff. the news of the evening the house is out until past christmas and that's because they pulled the plan b fiscal cliff bill and speaker boehner saying he did not have the support to pass that bill. up next we will bring you some of the floor debate on the bill that did pass, the bill that did pass and replaces the spending cuts from other agencies. >> and by every small business owner looking to expand and hire. we have passed bills and put forward reforms that would save programs like social security, medicare and medicaid from certain and predictable failure. yet we cannot find cooperation mr. speaker from the white house or the other side of the aisle to help solve these problems. it is unfornl that we find ourselves in this place just 11 days from the new year. for months we have been ready and willing to work with the president to prevent the fisc
, but this is where washington struggles the most with itself. when you have issues that transcend something that can be legislated, when you have, essentially, a broken culture and you have these deep and abiding problems, yes, there are things that the federal government can do. democrats say fund mental health programs, republicans say make it easier to commit people when they look dangerous, but even those things take a long time. they don't happen in a month. megyn: even to study it. i mean, i'm not saying -- who knows whether we need federal action or not, but just to have a team of experts, the best team of experts pulled together, that is something the white house has the power to do and have them look at this and try to examine this guy, this shooter falls within no sort of known boxes because it doesn't look like he really was in the criminal justice system, doesn't look like there was necessarily a doctor under whose care he was. we haven't been able to confirm that he was ever on any meds. it just seems like he was an odd guy with asperger's system who was deteriorating, and the question
in washington trying to broker an agreement, not out there firing up crowds and giving speeches. >> its time for the president and the democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. >> we look forward to working with the president when he decides to get serious. >> the president has to lead, and the president has to come up with a plan that is actually possible. >> he thinks somebody made him king. i think he takes us over the clip because he doesn't -- the cliff because he doesn't see where he stands in the universe. he's got blinders on. >> so does president obama really seem to think somebody made him king? rick santorum joins us. you've got a new book out. thanks very much for the book. now to the issue. the president being accused of being a king, arrogant, stubborn, not brokering an agreement, not being serious and more. is that fair? >> look. this is a negotiation right now. obviously both sides are going to be throwing bombs at each other until you get to the serious negotiations. probably the most troubling part of that is, you know, the president doesn't
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